Cloaked in Courage: Uncovering Deborah Sampson, Patriot Soldier


cloaked-in-courage-final-fc-hi-res-copyCloaked in Courage: Uncovering Deborah Sampson, Patriot Soldier

illustrated by Anne Lambelet

The remarkable story of Deborah Sampson, a woman who fought in the American Revolution disguised as a man.
Deborah Sampson didn’t like being told what to do, especially by the King of England. Fiercely independent, 18-year-old Deborah enlists as Robert Shurtliff in George Washington’s Continental Army to fight for her country’s independence. But being a soldier is hard, dangerous work. Can she fight for her country and keep her identity a secret? Can she find her true strength and purpose? This unbelievable story from American history about a woman with a rebel spirit will inspire and enlighten young readers.

Educator Guide 

Student Persuasive Writing Activity: Deborah Sampson ‘Forever Stamp’ Campaign  (student template as Word doc)

Hardcover | $18.99
Published by Calkins Creek/Astra Books for Young Readers
Nov 15, 2022 | 48 Pages | 9 x 11| 7-10 years | ISBN 9781635926101

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  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Children’s Book Council HOT OFF THE PRESS pick for November 2022
  • Kansas National Education Association Reading Circle Commission Recommended Title
  • Keystone State Literacy Association 2023-2024 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award nominee



“Portraying Deborah Sampson as someone whose ‘spirit was always a little too large’…Anderson follows her independent-minded subject from youthful chores in which she discovered ‘pieces of herself’ to life as a ‘masterless woman’….An admiring…feminist character study.” Kirkus Reviews

“Born in Massachusetts before the American Revolution, Deborah Sampson had an independent streak…In the book’s informative back matter, the author discusses primary and secondary sources…The illustrations, pencil drawings with painted textures and digitally added colors, have a lively, rather quirky look that suits both the topic and the period.” —Booklist

“VERDICT This biography of a lesser-known American hero and look into the process of researching historical sources is an essential purchase across several age ranges.”  —School Library Journal


Blog Articles and Interviews:

Common Core Literature Connections for Grades 3-6 Plus Q&A at Carolee Dean Books

Kathy Temean’s Writing and Illustrating blog – The book journey of CLOAKED IN COURAGE

Melissa Stoller’s 3-Question Interview on Stories, Creativity, & Connection

Author’s dive into setting: Mining for Heart: Setting as a Window into Character

Maria Marshall’s blog The Picture Book Buzz: interview and review

Book Q&A With Deborah Kalb

CLOAKED IN COURAGE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR IN CONVERSATION hosted by Old Firehouse Books in Fort Collins, CO. Beth Anderson and illustrator Anne Lambelet discuss each other’s process.  Catch the recording HERE

Back Matter: A Chance to Be More than a Story on GROG Blog

6 Question Interview on Process with Mary Boone

Sandy Brehl’s Unpacking the POWER of Picture Books blog: REVIEW and a dig deep INTERVIEW

Alayne Kay Christian’s blog – Writing Wisdom: Digging Deep to Uncover Deborah Sampson

Dynamic Book Duos: Women’s History Month (with teacher activities) from Suzanne Lipshaw’s blog